Written By: Elo Copeland @mselo1
There’s been a trend of amazing talent in Texas on all fronts, but specifically for high school basketball, being one of top players in the country, 6-foot-5 guard R.J. Hampton, made an announcement on ESPN’s “Get Up,” that he has decided to play professionally in New Zealand. He is a five-star recruit from Texas, previously announced three finalists: Kansas, Memphis and Texas Tech.
R.J. didn’t opt to take the traditional route “one-and-done”. However, he signed an unrevealed contract with the New Zealand Breakers, the professional league based out of Australia and New Zealand. R.J. was initially a class of 2020 prospect, however has decided last month to jump up to 2019 in efforts to find improved competition and get to the NBA a year earlier.
Hampton revealed to other media sources that this decision is the best to prepare him for the 2020 NBA draft. He merely wants to jump-start his professional career.
“I feel like this was the best opportunity for me to get ready for the NBA as quickly as possible because that is my ultimate goal. I think that it is a safer route for players to go instead of going to college, in my opinion,” R.J. stated to Rivals.com.
“I expect to get a whole pro experience without being in the NBA. I want to live like a pro, play and prepare myself like one, too,” he further stated.
Congratulations and much success to R.J. Hampton in making his decision to play for New Zealand Breakers.